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Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics (Video)

President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it also has a geopolitical and economic dimension.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Khamenei Praises Nuclear Deal but Slams U.S. Foreign Policy (Video)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical Leader, appeared to be attempting to mollify hard-liners in his Friday prayers addresses.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Deal: Why Should We Heed the Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

What everyone should remember about the agreement’s most prominent foes is something they will never mention: their own shameful record in promoting our very worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Foreign Entanglements Derailed the American Experiment (Part 8 of 10)

In the eighth installment of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that American leaders “lost sight of the essential wisdom of the American experiment,” which was that if you enable prosperity “for your own people, and if it’s good, others will follow it.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Russia or China: Who Should Lead America’s Enemies List?

Lacking consensus about who constitutes the United States’ principal great-power adversary, it has become increasingly difficult for Washington policymakers to forge long-term strategic plans. And yet, there is no reason to assume that the anointment of a common enemy—a new Soviet Union—will make this country and the world any safer than it is today.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



Tehran Press on Talks: From ‘Iran Will Be U.S. Strategic Ally’ to ‘U.S. Sanctions Are Here to Stay’

The Iranian press has reacted in a whole range of ways to the current round of negotiations between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

The policy of giving Iraqis American-made weapons to destroy American-made military vehicles previously provided to them illustrates Washington’s larger madness in microcosm.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Middle East Policy of President John Ellis ‘Jeb’ Bush: Iraq, Iran Wars?

It is hard to know what Jeb Bush’s Middle East policy would be from his wibbly-wobbly pronouncements, but that it would be imperial and aggressive can be deduced from his foreign policy advisory team.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: The West Isn’t Out to Save Ukraine; It’s Out to Profit From a Growing Crisis

In a series of interviews for The Nation, Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly shows why, at a time when “Ukraine needs rescuing,”  the IMF, Europe and Western corporations have no interest in actually saving the country from disaster.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff

The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



Perils of the Public Intellectual: Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West

Professor and author Michael Eric Dyson resents West’s critique of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. But rather than weigh these criticisms, he positions West as a spurned lover, angry and bitter that he did not get a ticket to Obama’s 2008 inauguration.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky: Exceptionalism Is a Concept Held by Every Great Power and It’s Always Wrong

In a conversation with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky explains why American exceptionalism is neither unique nor founded on truth and how U.S. foreign policy only benefits the most powerful Americans.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama’s Outreach to the Latin American Left and Iran

President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



What If U.S. and U.N. Sanctioned Israel Over Its Nukes as They Did Iran Over Its Enrichment Program?

There is a lot of talk about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the ways in which an Iranian bomb would provoke Saudi Arabia and others to acquire nuclear warheads of their own. But for decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE


Bibi and Boehner

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Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE


GOP and Foreign Policy

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Republicans

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The Ukraine Mess Is the Worst of Obama’s Many Foreign Policy Disasters

The most devastating criticism that historians are likely to have of Barack Obama’s record in the White House is his devastating failure in foreign policy—a failure that stems from his willingness to leave the warrior ideologues of the State and Defense departments in place after becoming president.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP’s Letter to Iran: Top 5 Similarities Between Republicans and Iran’s Hard-Liners

On Monday, 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran warning that country that any agreement only approved by President Obama—and not by Congress—might not last longer than his last day in office.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ U.S. Allies in Syria, Will the U.S. Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with the Islamic State group involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq and training up a “third force,” essentially creating a new, “moderate” Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaida and ISIL.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Is Peddling Old Iraq Myths Again (Video)

Jeb Bush gave a maiden foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday in which he confused Iran with Iraq and alleged with science fictional inaccuracy that Daesh (Islamic State) has 200,000 men under arms.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



A Breakdown of the Top Foreign Policy Points in Obama’s Speech

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address slighted foreign policy in favor of touting domestic progress and proposing new domestic initiatives. But there were some foreign policy highlights worth underlining.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Go West, Young Han

The new Yiwu-Madrid railway across Eurasia is the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road,” conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



This Is What Will Happen If the GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks

The Republican Party is already conniving at ways to derail the U.S.-Iran negotiations over Tehran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



Some Surprisingly Progressive Outcomes of the 2014 Midterm Elections

We all knew Republicans would take control of the Senate, but American voters had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



How a Republican Congress Could Entangle the U.S. Further in the Middle East

It is not surprising that the GOP gained control of the Senate, but how will the change affect foreign policy?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The U.S. Is Backing Out of Afghanistan and Taking Its Military Housing With It

After 13 years in Afghanistan, a belligerent period considered to be “America’s longest war,” combat troops are coming home. But they’re not the only ones packing up in the country.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE



Islamic State Has Forced 1,500 Women, Girls and Boys Into Sexual Slavery, According to the U.N.

The heinous sexual violence Islamic State is inflicting on entire families is a form of warfare with long-lasting effects and a “crime against humanity,” former CIA analysts Aki Peritz and Tara Maller argue in Foreign Policy magazine, but for some reason the subject’s barely been broached by the West.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Beyond the Sound Bite

In contemplating President Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music—it’s “better than it sounds”—comes to mind.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE


The Presidential Painsuit

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It Doesn’t Pay to Slaughter Innocents

David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy magazine points to the civilian deaths on a beach in Gaza and airspace over Ukraine to argue that using “the chaos of combat” to achieve complex political ends is futile.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Deadly Shooting, Foreign Policy and Ed Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss what led to Elliot Rodger’s deadly attacks in Santa Barbara, President Obama’s announcement that he will reduce the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan from 30,000 troops to 10,000, and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s big interview.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Comes as Close as Ever to Explaining His Doctrine

By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about American “decline” or “weakness” but to answer the question: Exactly what would you do differently?

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


Foreign Policy Calamity

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Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Obama Right That America’s Future Is in Asia, Not the Middle East?

Barack Obama, brought up in Hawaii and having lived as a child in Indonesia, is the first Pacific president, and his current trip to Asia, beginning in Japan, is meant to underline his policy of “rebalancing” toward Asia.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE


Exceptions

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McCain War Chant Revised

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Foreign Policy Vision

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Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Hypocrisy on Crimean Secession Move: Washington Supported Breakup of Sudan, Yugoslavia, Iraq

Russia has arranged for its supporters in the Crimean state parliament to vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Aren’t the Only Politicians Who Are Corrupt

Despite Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, personally telling the “Daily Show” host that only Republicans are swayed by money, Stewart has a few examples in the shape of ambassador nominees that prove otherwise.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Broken Democracy: Republicans Poised to Take Senate, Americans Reject Their Platform

A lot of political analysts think it is entirely possible that the Republicans will take the Senate in November.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE


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